Paul Scholes: Hopefully Guardiola coaches England someday
Old Trafford could always breathe a bit easier whenever the ball was at Paul Scholes’ feet, and the iconic midfielder met up with MARCA in the UK to discuss his career and everything else going on in the world of football.
For Scholes, it is quite clear that it was Alex Ferguson’s departure that led to his club’s drop in form, but he is confident in Jose Mourinho’s abilities to recapture what was lost.
“Hopefully Pep Guardiola coaches England someday,” Scholes said of the current Manchester City coach. “Yes, his style can triumph in the Premier League.
“Defensively he has to improve because the Premier League is very demanding every week.
“The people of Manchester get to enjoy two of the best coaches in the world from close by every week.”
After a difficult start, Mourinho’s United are hitting their stride, and Scholes celebrates the cohesion amongst the signings and what the coach is trying to achieve.
“The first few months weren’t that good, but Mourinho is a coach that wants to win it all,” he said. “He is returning United to where it once was.”
Looking back at the Red Devils success over the years, the Englishman knew that Ferguson was the main reason for it.
“His secret is that Ferguson knew his players,” Scholes pointed out. “Ever since he left, there have been problems.
“Louis Van Gaal is a great coach but he didn’t practice the football that United and its fans wanted.”
Scholes also mentioned some of the players he was privileged enough to play with, past and present.
“Cristiano Ronaldo was very young and skinny when he joined United but he was special,” Scholes continued. “Now at Real Madrid he is more of a No. 9.
“He is sensational and I am happy to have played with him and to be able to watch him every week.”
“David Beckham had the opportunity to play with Ronaldo, Zinedine Zidane, Figo… – I understand why he left.”
Manchester United’s new signings are a big reason behind their revival, and Scholes praised the work done off the pitch in bringing them to the Red Devils.
“With Mourinho, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has had a huge impact and has been a revelation,” he said. “Despite his age, he is in shape, plays every game, fights, holds up play, and scores goals.
“We always knew of Paul Pogba’s talent and he is having a good season.
“He has played in a lot of different positions in midfield and that probably hasn’t helped him.
“With his pricetag there has been a lot of pressure and expectation but he is a great player for United.”
Finally, in terms of current coaches, Real Madrid boss Zidane has caught Scholes’ eye.
“It is impossible to do a better job than Zidane in his first year,” he concluded. “He is at a team where if you lose a few games, or don’t win LaLiga you can get sacked, so what he is doing is stupendous.
“Real Madrid couldn’t have a better coach right now.”
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